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Why is this Important?

 

This settlement has been years in the making. Attorney General Eric Schmitt and his office have fought tooth and nail to obtain this settlement to ensure that treatment centers and other important opioid addiction resources have the necessary funding they need.

 

Across the state of Missouri, drug overdose deaths increased 17% from 2019 to 2020. In 2020, 1,842 people lost their lives to drug overdose, roughly 5 deaths a day. Opioid-involved drug overdose deaths represent the majority (73%) of total drug overdose deaths in Missouri.

 

Nationwide, nearly 93,000 people died from drug overdoses in 2020, a staggering 30% increase from 2019.

 

Our state needs help - this settlement could mean life-saving treatment for someone in need.